Summary of Accomplishments
Since the TSCA Inventory was established in 1979, EPA has reviewed more than 36,000 new chemical submissions (called Premanufacture Notices or PMNs) and an additional 13,000 PMN exemption notices. Here is a breakdown of the submissions and notices.
New Chemicals Program Activities Through September 30, 2010
* Since 5/30/95 individual reporting for exempt polymers has not been required; reporting is now on a yearly basis
on January 31 of the following year.
** Total does not include Exemption modifications
Approximately 10% of the 36,000 total PMN submissions have resulted in various restrictions, additional testing requirements, and notices withdrawn in the face of regulation. For exemption notices, EPA can grant or deny the notice, with or without certain conditions of use specified in the notice, to which the submitter is legally bound.
5(e) CONSENT ORDERS:
More than 1,400 of all new chemicals submitted as PMNs have been subject to consent orders under TSCA section 5(e). Such "5(e) consent orders" serve to limit the production, processing, distribution in commerce, use, and disposal of new chemical substances that raise health or environmental concerns, pending receipt of required information.
SIGNIFICANT NEW USE RULES (SNURS):
787 of the above 5(e) consent orders have associated with them a SNUR, issued by EPA under TSCA section 5(a)(2). For such chemical substances, persons are required to submit a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) to EPA at least 90 days before they manufacture, import, or process the substance for the use designated as significant. The required SNUN provides EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use, and if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. In addition to these 787 "5(e) SNURs," an additional 745 new chemical substances were regulated by EPA with "non-5(e) SNURs," which bypass the 5(e) consent order process.
VOLUNTARY TESTING ACTIONS (TSCA 5(e) Ban Pending Testing):
In approximately 300 cases, PMN submitters voluntarily agreed to suspend the notice review period and conduct hazard or environmental fate testing in response to EPA's request.
In more than 1,800 cases, companies have withdrawn PMNs in the face of EPA concerns and likely regulatory requirements.